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'''Aphra Behn''' (; 14 December 1640? – 16 April 1689) was a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the The Restoration|Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. Rising from obscurity, she came to the notice of Charles II of England|Charles II, who employed her as a spy in Antwerp. Upon her return to London Underground|London and a probable brief stay in debtors' prison, she began writing for the stage. She belonged to a coterie of poets and famous libertines such as John Wilmot, Lord Rochester. She wrote under the pastoral pseudonym Astraea (mythology)|Astrea. During the turbulent political times of the Exclusion Crisis, she wrote an epilogue and prologue that brought her into legal trouble; she thereafter devoted most of her writing to prose genres and...
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